Carsharing in Shanghai

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Innovative Mobility

The rapid motorization of China in conjunction with the success of carsharing in Europe and North America raises questions about the prospects of carsharing in cities, such as Shanghai. While motor vehicle demand is increasing rapidly, there are many aspects of urban transportation in Shanghai (and China more broadly) that separate it from the urban environments in which carsharing has traditionally thrived. For example, the taxi plays a much more prominent role in the transportation system of Shanghai and Beijing than it does in most North American and European cities. Carsharing has also traditionally thrived in environments in which the broader population has experience with both driving and automotive ownership, which is relatively lacking in Shanghai. To evaluate these issues in the context of carsharing, this study comparatively analyzed the size and competitiveness of the taxi systems of key carsharing cities in Europe, North America, and Asia and highlights some core distinctions between Shanghai and other major cities where carsharing has thrived. To further explore the potential response of citizens to carsharing, TSRC conducted a survey (N=271) of a subpopulation in Shanghai, China. The survey analysis showed that those interested in carsharing are generally more educated, have longer commutes, are younger, and own fewer cars than those not interested in carsharing. Following analysis of the survey data, the study examined the development of carsharing as an industry in Shanghai. 

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